From: Lela Vukovic (
Date: Tue Jun 16 2015 - 12:04:27 CDT

 The Theoretical and Computational Biophysics Group, NIH Resource for
Macromolecular Modeling and Bioinformatics ( at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (, announces a

 "Hands-On" Workshop on Computational Biophysics

to be held August 3-7, 2015 at the University of California Berkeley.
Application, selection, and notification of participants is on-going
through July 15, 2015. At this time, we still have several open spots.

The workshop will explore physical models and computational approaches used
for the simulation of biological systems and the investigation of their
function at an atomic level. The course will be based on case studies, and
will cover the following topics: using the biophysics software VMD and
NAMD, applications of VMD and NAMD in modern research, force fi­elds and
parameterizing new molecules, modeling nucleic acid systems, computational
nano-bio, molecular dynamics flexible fitting of structures into cryo
electron microscopy maps, and refinement of low resolution crystal
structures. Relevant physical concepts, mathematical techniques, and
computational methods will be introduced.

The workshop is designed for graduate students and postdoctoral researchers
in computational and/or biophysical fields who seek to extend their
research skills to include computational and theoretical expertise, as well
as other researchers interested in theoretical and computational
biophysics. Theory sessions in the morning will be followed by hands-on
computer labs in the afternoon in which students will be able to set up and
run simulations. Enrollment limited to 24 participants. The workshop will
be held August 3-7, 2015. All participants are required to bring their own
laptop, prepared for use in workshop tutorial sessions. Course materials
will be provided.

The workshop is sponsored by the National Institute of General Medical
Sciences ( and the NIH Center for Macromolecular Modeling
and Bioinformatics.

We look forward to receiving your application!

TCBG Workshop Organizers